Country star Ed Bruce has died at 81.
His publicist Jeremy Westby confirmed to Fox News that the singer died of natural causes at his home in Clarksville, Tennessee on Friday.
Bruce was best known for his hit “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” which he co-wrote with his wife Patsy Bruce. Other notable songs in his catalog include “My First Taste of Texas”, “You’re the Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had” with Lynn Anderson and “The Last Cowboy Song”.
In 1978, “Mammas” earned him a Grammy nomination for best country song.
‘ER’ ACTOR DEARON ‘DEEZER D’ THOMPSON DEAD AT 55
“Best Break” spent 21 weeks on Billboard’s Country Song Chart when it was released in 1982.
According to Deadline, his music career began when he was 17 as a sound engineer before moving on to writing and recording music.
Several other artists have recorded songs he wrote, including Tanya Tucker (“The Man Who Turned On My Mum”) and Crystal Gayle (“Restless”).
Willie Nelson covered “Mammas” with Waylon Jennings, and the song became a hit.
Bruce also did his share of acting, according to IMDb.
MARION RAMSEY, “POLICE ACADEMY” ACTRESS, DEAD AT 73
Her first credited role was a three-episode arc in “The Chisolms” before landing a starring role in the short-lived series starring James Garner “Bret Maverick”.
His Hollywood career has been largely dominated by Western genre projects like “Walker, Texas Ranger” and country music-tinged films like “Blue Valley Songbird” with Dolly Parton and “Country Strong” with Tim McGraw.
He was last seen on screen in “Finding Harmony” in 2014.
People magazine reports that Bruce was born in Keizer, Ark. And grew up in Memphis.
CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR ENTERTAINMENT NEWSLETTER
His country music contemporaries, the Oak Ridge Boys, posted a photo of Bruce on Twitter and shared a loving tribute.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
“We lost another friend and songwriter today… Rest easy Ed Bruce… many will remember him for songs like Mama Don’t Let Your Baby’s Grow [Up] To Be Cowboys but we will remember him for a song called I Know ” they tweeted. “Look for him for a blessing… Goodbye brother and thank you. ”